Accelerated Reader Overview
Accelerated Reader is a guided reading intervention used to supplement regular reading instruction in Kâ€“12 classrooms. Its aim is to improve studentsâ€™ reading skills through reading practice and quizzes on the books students read. The Accelerated Reader program calls for students to select and read a book and then take a computerized quiz based on the bookâ€™s content and vocabulary. The computer software then provides teachers with information on the studentsâ€™ performance on the quiz, which allows teachers to monitor student progress and identify students who may need more reading assistance.
Accelerated Reader serves as the practice component of a comprehensive reading program by promoting personalized practice combined with data to monitor and manage that practice. The program encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student’s independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult to cause frustration.
With AR, teachers can:
- MotivateÂ students for learning. Self-selected reading at students’ independent reading Â Â Â Â levels results in success, which spurs enthusiasm, higher attendance,Â fewer discipline problems, and better attitudes. Students will beÂ motivated to read constantly.
- ReceiveÂ reliable, objective information. The data cover readingÂ comprehension of fiction and nonfiction reading, vocabulary development, literacy skills development, and more.
- PrepareÂ students for college and career. Students engage in substantial amounts of reading practice and receive immediate feedback. As a result, scores improve on state tests and more students master standardsâ€”research proves it.
- KeepÂ all students challenged. Students are guided to booksÂ where the level of difficulty is neither too hard nor too easyâ€”the levelÂ at which optimal learning takes place.